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Sheltered Housing

What is sheltered housing?

Sheltered housing is specialist housing designed for older people with some support needs. Sheltered housing is ideal for people who want to live independently and be part of an active and friendly community, knowing that there is help on hand if they need it.

Sheltered housing is for people who can live independently. It is not for people who are unable to look after themselves or people who need to move into a residential care. Sheltered housing does not provide personal care and it is not the same as a nursing home.

The accommodation in a sheltered housing scheme is usually a number of individual homes which all have their own front door. Each home has a bedroom and a living room, or a combined bedroom and living area (referred to as a studio flat), along with a kitchen area and bathroom/toilet.

Support is provided to people in sheltered housing by a scheme manager. Scheme Managers often have to cover a number of sheltered housing schemes so do not live on site and are not available 24 hours a day.

Most sheltered housing schemes are for those who are at least 55 years old, though there are a few schemes in Worthing that accept those who are 50 years old.

Sheltered housing in Adur

Most of the sheltered housing in Adur is provided by Adur Homes.

See also: Chapter 8 of the Adur Tenants' Handbook

All council schemes have the security of a 24-hour emergency call service, as well as daily contact from a Housing Support Officer.

Sheltered housing in Worthing

Most of the sheltered housing in Worthing is provided by Worthing Homes.

For more information see:

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How do I apply for Sheltered Housing?

If you want to apply for sheltered housing, you need to apply to join the Housing Register.

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